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Hourani examines Arabic-speaking nations of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present in a volume that spent 12 weeks on PW 's bestseller list and was a History Book Club main selection. Illustrated.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hourani (Emeritus Fellow, St. Anthony's College, Oxford) is the author of several well-known books on the Middle East, including Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age (Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1983) and The Emergence of the Modern Middle East (Univ. of California Pr., 1980). This work, the first full-scale single-volume history of the Arabic-speaking peoples of the Islamic world in several decades, begins with Islam's rise in the 7th century and carries the rich and imposing story of Arab civilization to the late 1980s. In broad, sweeping strokes, Hourani moves easily from mosque to marketplace, from sultan to imam , from nomad to city-dweller, from Mohammed to Sadat. He dwells on the Ottoman Empire and on the European colonialism that followed, and concludes with a discussion of the modern resurgence of Islam that offers hope to thousands of Muslims and appears so threatening to Westerners. Written by a master historian, this work is now the definitive study of the Arab peoples. Recommended for interested laypersons and scholars; required reading for all specialists.
- Roger B. Beck, Eastern Illinois Univ., Charleston
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I found that the 'Arab Peoples' moved around quite a bit. The book may have been more aptly titled 'A History of Islam in North Africa and Europe', or something like that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jag Sulla
What a tedious read!!! Where is the history of Suleyman The Great?! Did the crusades happen?! Did America ever do anything in Tripoli?! Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Mark Hamilton
The best book on the subject in English, and written by an Arab. An excellent alternative to the "information" in books like _Islam Unveiled_ and _The Sword of the Prophet_, it... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by Kevin Bold
A classic of modern lit. At some times a bit long winded but the text is unbiased and accurate.Published on Oct. 2 2002 by Steve Armstrong
If you are looking to understand the basic outline of Arabic Muslim history and cultural development, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on July 1 2002 by Glenn McDorman
With 'A History of the Arab Peoples', Hourani gives a great introduction to those who want to learn more about the history of this region as well as the roots of its problems. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2001 by Robert Von Gerds